"Nuts, and in this case almonds, shouldn't be on the 'do not eat' list," said Dr Gary Foster, who led the study at Temple University in Philadelphia. Past research also suggests that nuts might play a role in reducing risk factors for heart disease, so Foster and his team expected to see some improvement in cholesterol and triglycerides among the almond-eating dieters, Health24
And indeed, six months into the study, cholesterol in the almond group had fallen by 8.7 mg/dL on average, compared to 0.1 mg/dL in the nut-free group, reports Health24
. Still, Foster urges caution. "Almonds don't make you lose weight; they're not free kilojoules," he warned.
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